A de­light for su­per­nat­u­ral fans, The New Le­gends of Monkey se­ries fol­lows a young monk Trip­i­taka, and a trio of Gods as they seek to end de­monic rule.

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While orig­i­nally a Ja­pa­nese 80s show, based on a Chi­nese novel, there’s a def­i­nite Kiwi bend to the re­make with it be­ing filmed in Auck­land, di­rected by New Zealan­der Ger­ard John­stone (House­bound/ Terry Teo), star­ing Ki­wis Josh Thom­son (The Project/terry Teo) as Pigsy and Lu­ciane Buchanan as Trip­i­taka, and re­made by TVNZ along­side Net­flix and ABC. Fun and slick, the hu­mour is sim­i­lar to Her­cules and Xena, keep­ing the se­ries fam­ily-friendly. While there has been con­cern from view­ers over the lack of Asian ac­tors, the con­tem­po­rary re­make has worked on its gen­der di­ver­sity, switch­ing up char­ac­ters from the orig­i­nal se­ries.

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